This week I am celebrating my 5th year of being a full-time artist. It’s hard to believe five years have already passed. Recently I took the time to look back and really think about those years and there were so many memories, feelings, and locations. For this article, I tried to narrow in on the best and worst of those to share.
Going all the way back, people often ask how I got started as a full-time artist, which is an easy answer; I was laid off from my day job. The timing was right and if I didn’t do it then I probably wouldn’t have ever done it.
So I am my own boss, no more working for someone else, I am a full-time artist, making and selling my art, which is a dream. On the other hand, I didn’t have a weekly paycheck. I haven’t been a full-time artist before, so… now I need to figure out where to start. All of that excitement very quickly turned to feelings of the unknown.
While there are a lot of things I may not remember the details of in 5 years, I remember those initial feelings. Some of my other strong memories are my first outdoor art show, anytime I get to show in a gallery, selling that first piece of my own art (thanks Artegon!), selling my first large piece of art, all the places I travel and people I meet. While current culture leads us to show the best moments, I like to remember the bad, not relish in it, just remember it. Those times would be, anytime I do a bad show and bad has several different definitions. The time my tent flipped across the street, overnight, and everything was rained on and damaged, people’s off the wall comments and opinions, flat tires, the 3 am wake up, to set up a tent in the dark, and longer hours than I’ve ever worked before.
As far as locations, I really haven’t met a place I didn’t like, as everywhere I travel is a new opportunity and experience. If I had to pick my most memorable, be it the city, the people or an amazing show, I would say, in no particular order, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Dallas, Raleigh, and my hometown of Orlando. I have enjoyed every trip and almost every mile driven. I look forward to new shows in new cities, as I enter my 5th year and head into a new year.
Thanks so much for following along and I can’t wait to share with you my upcoming journeys, so be sure to follow me on social media to see it all happen.